Friday, 18 April 2014

Into the Quarter Finals of the Dallas Cup


Team Photo of the Knowsley Youth Team

We've made the quarter finals!! After an anxious day of waiting on Wednesday too see if other results went our way, we found out we got through on a wildcard, which is where the best runner up out of 6 groups goes through. Our tournament kicked off on Sunday, which seen us brush past a decent side from Florida 4-1. Our second game didn't quite go our way as we were defeated by Dallas Texans 1-0 by a calamity of a goal which seen the ball hit the stantion behind the goal and come back in to play for their forward to tap in.  After this result we knew we had to go into our third game and win by a few goals, and that is what we did. We outplayed a Mexican team in every position and came out 4-0 winners.


After another 10 hours of waiting to see if other results went our way we finally found out that we will be playing a Costa Rican national team on Friday morning. All the lads are buzzing and cant wait to go and beat another South American team! 
Between these games we have visited the Dallas Cowboys stadium which is the biggest indoor dome stadium in the world holding 105,000 thousand people.


We also went on  a trip to the American Airlines stadium to watch the Dallas Mavericks basketball team play! 

Another thing we have been lucky enough to do is driving around Dallas on Segways. Joe Shepherd fell off his twice, which was a good laugh for all the lads.


Will keep you posted on how we get on in the quarter final. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ellis Messham Captain of Knowsley Youth: Blog from the famous DallasCup 2014


Squad photo of the Knowsley Youth 2014 Dallas Cup team captained by
 All Saints 6th Form student Ellis Messham

Ellis Messham is a current All Saints 6th Form student. He was given the captaincy for Knowsley Youth in the famous international youth football tournament in Dallas. He is on of three All Saints students in the team. The other two players are Joseph Shepherd and Adam Campbell. Past pupils also include Charlie Maher, John Edgerton, and John Prescott.

After a full 24 hours of travelling on Monday 7th April,we finally arrived in Austin,Texas via New York. One of our first experiences of the tour was to take part in some voluntary community work. We visited an educational establishment that was set up for children who have parents who work long hours. These boys and girls are often underprivileged.  The lads in the Knowsley squad helped with their homework, although some of them were being taught by the kids. On the same night we played our first friendly game against Georgetown soccer club winning 3-0. 

The Morning after we had another game against St Edwards University who are a really good side, a team that Knowsley haven't beat for 3 years. (The year they beat St Edwards they went on to win the Dallas cup).  We beat them 2-0, one of which came from another ex-All Saints pupil John Prescott. The game was an early kick off which then meant we had the rest of the day to ourselves. We spent a few hours sitting around the pool at our accommodation, before going to a driving range like I have never seen before. You can play against each other with targets that can register a score. On Thursday morning we visited the local high school which was a great experience as we got to see more about the educational culture in the USA, and also to see the amazing facilities they have, especially for sports. We are now all packed and ready to drive to Dallas, with the tournament starting on Sunday.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Holman Wins All Saints Open in Style

         L.Holman The 2013 All Saints 
               Golf Open Champion

The All Saints Golf Open Championship took place at Leasowe Gold Course on the Wirral on Monday 22nd July. The course would be a real test for the All Saints lads as this was a Lynx course and many are used to Parklands courses. The course had not seen any water for over three weeks due the hot and humid weather. This made the course that much more difficult as the fairways were bone hard. If you hit a straight shot the roll could be very generous, however anything not straight would find its way into unforgiving rough.
The greens were in great condition, and they were very quick. 

          J.Mullholland and J.Corrie,       with Leasowe Castle in the background

J.Mullholland was the defending champion from 2012, and there was also two previous winners in the running with L.Holman and D.Woods. The tournament would be scored using the Stapleford scoring system and the lowest handicapped player was L.Holman. This meant he would need to bring his A game if he was to become victorious.

       Mr Parry, J.Shepherd, & B.Dillon
         on their way to the Stud Bar

The weather conditions were perfect for Lynx golf. The sun shone all day, and the wind didn't come into play. The course is situated on the Wirral coast and the views across the Mersey are spectacular.

The tournament was won by L.Holman. He was just three over par for his gross score, and he destroyed the field on the Stapleford scoring system. This is a tremendous achievement as he has only played this course once before. He was a thoroughly deserved winner. He was very consistent from tee to green. He holed a majestic eagle on the second hole. After hitting a solid tee shot in to an A1 position on the fairway, he fired in a mid iron to the green that had back spin, which skipped in to the hole.

The longest drive and nearest the pin trophies were both won by Year 10 student K.Walker.

        K.Walker longest drive and nearest 
                         the pin winner

The award presentation took place in the Leasowe club house. Stunning panoramas of Merseyside on such a beautiful day can be seen from the balcony are over looking the 18th green.

It was here that L.Holman was handed the coveted gold All Saints Open trophy.

    Winner L.Holman collecting the trophy

The day could not have went any better. The lads were a credit to themselves, family, and the school. The staff at Leasowe were very complimentary about the boys, which was great to hear. 

       Team photo of all the competitors

A huge thank you to Leasowe staff and club captain for arranging our competition. 

          Play it cool, trigger play it cool!
Looking forward to seeing some new players coming through from lower school to challenge next year and beyond. Best wishes to departing students from Year 11 who have been the best possible ambassadors for All Saints sport. You will be missed and hope to hear from you often. 

Friday, 12 July 2013

Year 10 Sports Day


Sports Days continued on 12th July for the Year 10QPE Block (P2) and 10JPE Block (P3). The weather again was excellent throughout, and the boys and girls who took part showed enthusiasm and were highly motivated throughout.
There were individual boy and girls winners for each event, however there were also points awarded for each House. Here is a full breakdown of who won what on the day. You may notice that some pupils won more than one event which takes some doing.



Event
YR 10Q Block (P2)
Yr 10J Block (P3)
High Jump
Boy: H.DUFFY

Girl: R.HOPLEY
Boy: M.VELLOZA

Girl: M.GUY-SMITH
Obstacle Race
Boy: J.WELSH

Girl: M.CARNEY
Boy: R.CAILLES

Girl: C.TYNAN
Shot Putt
Boy: J.WELSH

Girl: R.HOPLEY
Boy: D.NODWELL

Girl: M.GUY-SMITH
Javelin
Boy: E.NAVIS

Girl: R.HOPLEY
Boy: S.ROBERTS &
J.WAYMAN

Girl: T.DAVIES & M.GUY-SMITH
Discus
Boy: E.NAVIS

Girl: C.SEARY
Boy: T.LEIGH
         
Girl: M.GUY-SMITH
Long Jump
Boy: R.HOLMES

Girl: M.CARNEY
Boy: M.WOLINKSI

Girl: M.GUY-SMITH
Triple Jump
Boy: R.HOLMES

Girl: M.CARNEY
Boy: D.BROWNE
  
Girl: M.GUY-SMITH
Hurdles
Boy: H.DUFFY

Girl: M.CARNEY
Boy: D.NODWELL

Girl: C.EDWARDS
80 Sprint
Boy: D.GITTENS

Girl: M.CARNEY
Boy: J.KNOX

Girl: M.GUY-SMITH
Target Throw
Boy: N.COUCH

Girl: M.JONES
Boy: A.WHITE &     A.KILDARE & M.VELLOZA

Girl: C.JONES






THE WINNING HOUSES FOR EACH HALF YEAR GROUP WERE:

10QPE BLOCK (P2)
 10JPE BLOCK (P3)
1st  Saints         10 pts
1st Kings                9 pts
2nd Trinity          6 pts
2nd Benedict          7 pts
3rd  Benedict      3  pts
3rd Trinity              5 pts          
4th  Kings           0 pts
4th Saints               3 pts



Thursday, 11 July 2013

Sports Day 11th July at All Saints



Sports Days continued on 11th July for the Year 9JPE block and 8JPE Block. The weather was fantastic throughout, and the whole day could not have went any better.
There were individual boy and girls winners for each event, however there were also points awarded for each House. Here is a full breakdown of who won what on the day. You may notice that some pupils won more than one event which takes some doing.

Event
YR 9J Block
Yr 8J Block
High Jump
Boy: T.MARTIN

Girl: L.ATKINSON
Boy: J.CONLEY

Girl: L.WILLIAMS
Obstacle Race
Boy: J.FERGUSON

Girl: J.L.JAGO
Boy: S.FAGAN

Girl: T.PRICE
Shot Putt
Boy: R.WOODS

Girl: L.ATKINSON
Boy: L.BURKE

Girl:M.SAUNDERSON
Javelin
Boy: J.ARTHUR

Girl: L.ATKINSON
Boy: J.DUKE
Girl: L.HULME
Discus
Boy: J.ASHWORTH

Girl: J.L.JAGO
Boy: L.BURKE
         
Girl: E.McINTOSH
Long Jump
Boy: L.GLASSCOTT

Girl: J.L.JAGO
Boy: J.WOIJS
Girl: C.BLACKWELL –TOMLINSON
Triple Jump
Boy: L.LACEY

Girl: J.ARTHUR
Boy: J.WOIJS
  
Girl: C.BLACKWELL –TOMLINSON
Hurdles
Boy: L.LACEY

Girl: J.L.JAGO
Boy: J.CONLEY

Girl: L.WILLIAMS
80 Sprint
Boy: C.WINTERSON

Girl: C.LAIRD
Boy: A.HAND

Girl: E.McINTOSH
Target Throw
Boy: L.FORSHAW

Girl: H.KING
Boy: S.FAGAN
Girl: A.WALSH


THE WINNING HOUSES FOR EACH HALF YEAR GROUP WERE:

9JPE BLOCK
8JPE BLOCK
1st  Benedict         7 pts
1ST  Trinity           12 pts
Joint 2nd  Saints    5 pts
Joints 2nd Saints    4 pts
 Joint 2nd Trinity   5 pts
 Joints 2nd Benedict 4 pts          
3rd  Kings              2 pts
3rd  Kings             1 point







Friday, 5 July 2013

Day 6 of Liam Corrigan's Blog from Portugal Refereeing in the Iber Cup

                                    Players getting ready for the customary handshake

Last night I received an email to inform me I will be officiating on two Quarter Finals at a ground called 'Dramatico' just around the corner from the hotel, I will give you a clue, the ground certainly lived up to its name, dramatic!!

I was on the early games with 3 other Liverpool officials, an early start, up at 6:30am for an 8:30am kick off, I was pleased as I thought it would not be so warm, think again, at least 24 degrees by kick off time. Both games were under 15's, and both Spanish Vs Portuguese, do I need to explain the rivalry?
First game was a local Spanish team vs a local Portuguese side, I was assistant referee. It started off relatively quiet...until the Portuguese spectators arrived singing, blasting vuvuzelas and waving flags! Bearing in mind this was at 8:30am in the morning. They did not stop util the final whistle and beyond. The game started quiet, but always keeping in the back of your mind the temperature of the game could rise in a second, one tackle and it could all go up. So half time comes and goes 2:0 to the Spaniards, keep it up we say. Then, 15 minutes to go the Portuguese team score, 2:1, game on. I then disallowed a goal for offside against the Spaniards, which would have made it 3:1. As the Portuguese pushed on they left themselves open at the back. The ball gets pinged forward to the Spanish striker who makes a run from his own half and slots it to seal the game 3:1.

Well, As quick as you can say Nando's, the Portuguese team charged at me and the refeee wanting the goal disallowed for offside, they argued he wasn't in his own half. The spectators behind then turned aggressive, chants in Portuguese towards me and the other officials. How quickly a carnival atmosphere can change, 70+ people all directing their anger at you! So the full time whistle came, cue the charge from the Portuguese players towards us 3 officials as we gathered in the centre circle, they were in our faces screaming 'Cheat' (Other words I can't write in this, use your imagination) we were confronted by all of the coaching staff also.

So as we made our way off to the tunnel, which was down the stairs, underneath the stand in which the Portuguese where gathered, they then started booing, whistling showing their disgust, the Spanish spectators were clapping us as they were pleased, obviously. Just as we went under the stand we were pelted with water & bottles from above as we took cover in the dressing room. The players then came banging on our changing room door, screaming, shouting!! This was a real surreal 5 minutes. This is a regular occurrence abroad when refereeing football matches, which shocked me! So a quick rest, water break and kit change before the second game! Athletico Madrid give a footballing lesson to a local Portuguese team, 3:0 in which it could have been more, a nice game after such a tough earlier game.
The team from the Previous game who caused us officials grief waited till the end of the second game so that they could see us as we made our way out of the ground, for one last chant towards us!
The finals are played tomorrow, so I shall see if I am appointed to a fixture, either way it has been a great week in which I have learnt a great deal to take back home with me to use in my game, in my natural surroundings!

Ps-I got confirmation off the 4th official, my decision to allow the goal to stand was correct. Phew!



Day 5 of Liam Corrigan's Day from Portugal Refereeing at the Iber Cup

Change of shirt today. If you wear Orange people will notice you.

I woke up to the hottest day since we arrived 38* Degrees knowing that I will be officiating in 3 tough looking play off matches, and I was right. I was with 3 other officials from Liverpool which was great to know, we have worked with each other before and also being close friends.
So we arrive at Fontainhas, knowing that we will have our work cut out with both heat and the games.
4th July, Independence Day in America, first up I have a Canadian U15's team Vs USA U15's, they received 3 independence cards off myself, all yellow in colour. 0-0 a tense, timid affair which dwindled out to a penalty shootout in which the USA team on 3-2 on penalties. To say I was tired was an understatement, never been dripping with as much with sweat as I was at the end, my pink top was drenched. I was glad to have two English speaking teams, I felt more comfortable getting my point across with the players. Around 150 spectators were present, chanting throughout the Queen song 'We Will Rock you'.
2nd game I was assistant referee, Croatian team U15's vs Spanish Local Team, the referee did remarkably well keeping a lid on the game, he done well to keep it to 8 yellows and a Red. Both teams did not like physicality shall we say. By this point I was running on empty. 3:0 to the Spaniards.
3rd game, Portuguese Local Team Vs Columbian Team U15's, eventful? Yes, yes it was! Columbian manager was a real scary guy, didn't speak a word of English, but could he shout? The players were constantly getting an ear bashing from him, he would not be allowed to coach in this manner back home! The game was a high tempo, passion pot, nobody stopping for breath! As assistant on this game I had a major incident in which I needed to inform the referee of what had happened as he could not physically see the incident. On my say so, the referee gave a red card to a Columbian player for an elbow off the ball. The Portuguese spectators were constantly on the referees back, as well as the two assistants so when full time game, Columbines winning 3:1, the Portuguese were hurling abuse at us, in which we ignored...until we got in the tunnel which was empty at time, and we belted out 'Always look on the bright side of life' this was a release of emotions after a very tough day, this was a real nice way to end a challenging but a successful day in which the match incidents have provided us with a lot of learning/development points. So the taxi home back to the hotel for food and the longest lie down you can imagine after that day!
Now a shower, change of clothes and a stroll down to the beach front, in which me and the other 3 officials from today will enjoy a few glasses of something...(Ahem) as the sun goes down on a fantastic day...

One of the venues where the games have been taking place